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Weekend Inspiration: No. 62

Weekend Inspiration: No. 62

If you follow me on social media, then you know I came down with a very sudden cold last weekend (or possibly allergies, but that’s unusual for me). My throat was super sore, my head ached, and I had absolutely no energy. Suffice it to say, I wasn’t able to do any of the big projects that I had on my list. I even had to miss the symphony, which I had tickets for…

The good news is that I’m feeling a little better today, so I’m hopeful that I can knock out at least one or two small things this weekend. I’m actually preparing for my annual home tour photoshoot, which is scheduled for later this month, so I’ve got things like “clean the baseboards,” and “patch old holes from art” on my list. If I’m feeling extra energetic tomorrow morning, I might even cross another painting project off my list! Keep scrolling if you’d like weekend project inspiration to fuel your own productivity this Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 62

1. I certainly don’t have millions of dollars to spend on a Palm Springs mansion, but the listing photos for this property are still giving me lots of ideas for decorating our own retro ranch. The cut-out wooden room divider, in particular, has me brainstorming DIY versions for our house.

2. This is such a cool post about how you can change the orientation of a traditional mattress to create a daybed.

3. For those of you who would rather just look at home décor right now, take the next few minutes to read Sarah’s One Room Challenge story. The finished space is mind-blowing, and it’s no surprise that the Internet can’t stop talking about it.

4. As you know, I’m in the middle of a big living room makeover (catch up here in case you missed it). I’m not buying too many new pieces for the makeover, but these pillow covers just arrived from Amazon, and were a great way to refresh the space. The best news is that they only cost $26! Could they be what your own room redesign is missing?

5. Hop back here to this post from the DGD archives in case you’re looking to make some budget-friendly changes to your master bedroom this weekend.

6. This kitchen makeover is probably a little bigger than any of us could realistically recreate in our own homes over the next two days off, but the source list has lots of good inspiration for small updates we could all easily make in an afternoon. I love the ceiling light! (Here’s a slightly more affordable option if you’re on a budget, though, like we are.)

Weekend Inspiration: No. 62

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Tips For Pairing Art Together In Your Home

Tips For Pairing Art Together In Your Home

I’m about to dive into a pretty big decorating project in our house (more details on that coming to the blog this Wednesday), which has me thinking about art in particular. Truth be told, I’m a bit of an art hoarder. I’ve got stacks and stacks of framed prints, paintings, and drawings in our basement just waiting for the right wall. I get so sentimental and attached to any piece that really speaks to me, so I’ve collected quite a few “had-to-have-them” art works over the years.

Despite all that, I still struggle with nailing the right combinations for the walls in our home. There’s no denying that pairing art together is hard, but I’ve come up with a few quick tricks to help take at least some of the guess work out of the process. I think the number one thing to remember if you’re struggling with this, too, is that it’s rare to get it right the first time. Don’t be hard on yourself, and just know that it takes a bit of playing and experimenting to create the perfect art pairings.

Another big tip I have is to create digital mood boards (like the graphic you see above) before you buy two or three pieces that will end up going together. That way you can experiment before making the investment, and you’ll be able to play around with different sizes, too, just by making the image files smaller or larger on your mood board.

Pair-Worthy Prints From Artfully Walls

1. Fictional Interiors I + Comet and Oranda

2. Long Way Home + Tulips

3. Black Form + Sunday Market

4. DamureskAndrew

5. Winding Trail, Windy Day, Arcadia Buffs + Les Roches Rouges

6. Blur + Not a Circle (False 1)

My process to narrow down hundreds of prints from Artfully Walls into the pairings listed above went a little something like this… I would scroll until I spotted a piece that really stuck out to me. Then I would pull the image file over to my desktop where I could open it bigger and keep it off to the side of my browser window. Then, with the first print still in my periferal vision, I would scroll through the website again until I saw a piece that complemented the first. It’s definitely not rocket science, but it works for me, and that’s how I managed to come up with the pairings you see pictured in today’s post.

The cool thing about this process is that all 12 of the prints I linked to in that list ended up looking pretty great together as a whole! I think, when you learn to trust your gut and be really visual about pairing art prints together, you naturally end up creating a collection of pieces that feels cohesive. So much so that you could probably mix and match almost any of these 12 prints to make fresh new pairings when the mood strikes.

There are a couple of other tricks you can try when pairing art (like matching the painting styles, or having at least one similar color between the two), but this might just be one of those times when you have to go with your instincts. Art is one of the most subjective things in the world, so there is no right or wrong answer—you just have to feel it.

What a cop out answer, huh?! Well, it’s what I believe, although I’m sure there are lots of other ideas out there! If you have art pairing tips of your own, please share them in the comments below so we can learn from each other.

Tips For Pairing Art Together In Your Home

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 61

Weekend Inspiration: No. 61

Okay, please don’t mentally smack me for saying something so redundant, but I just can’t believe it’s already the last day of May! I still feel like Christmas was last month, so the fact that we’re already practically halfway through the year is a little disarming.

There’s so much I have left on my mega to-do list, so I guess I need to take advantage of this coming weekend to jumpstart some activity around the house. Keep scrolling for a big linked list of quick DIY ideas perfect for those of you who are also looking to get productive and creative this Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 61

1. I’ve been so inspired by bold painted feature walls lately (like the dark green accent wall seen here), so I think I’ll start my weekend off with another painting project. It will be fun to try a color other than white for a change!

2. This is still one of my personal favorite DIY home décor projects we’ve ever done.

3. As you probably already know, I regularly contribute my own original craft tutorials to Hunker, but there are soooooo many other writers to take advantage of. See the full list of DIYs this way, contributed by some of my favorite fellow bloggers.

4. Can you believe that this modern wood desk is a DIY project?! Yeah, me neither. I’m adding it to my must-make list now.

5. Another addition to my list for someday are these DIY rope napkin rings made from clay!

6. Now that the unofficial start to summer has come and gone, it’s time to break out your picnic gear. Click here to see how I updated a clearance cooler from Target using office supplies.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 61

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 60

Who’s excited about the long holiday weekend? Picture me raising my hand up high in the air! We’ve got family coming into town for Memorial Day, so I’m sure we’ll be spending most of the weekend over at my parents’ new house enjoying lots of tasty food (and wine) in honor of the occasion.

I’m actually planning to take Monday off so that I can really relish in quality family time, but I’ll be back here bright and early next Wednesday morning with a brand new story to tell (oh, and you can find me on Instagram every day until then).

In the meantime, keep scrolling for a roundup of clever ways to play with faux greenery as a way to celebrate the sunny season to come. I’m willing to bet these tips and indoor garden tours will have you rethinking your aversion to the trend…

Weekend Inspiration: No. 60

1. Click here to find out how to make your own hanging faux plant garden (like the one you see pictured here in today’s post) using an IKEA favorite!

2. Can you believe that all three plants featured in this post are faux? Hop through for purchase details, then you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to water your Fiddle Leaf Fig or fern ever again.

3. The DIY Faux Living Wall that Emma created in her home office still makes me swoon whenever I spot it on social media.

4. I could take a digital tour of Chris and Julia’s house every single day and I wouldn’t get tired of it. Here’s a post they put together showing off all the faux plants they keep throughout their home in case you want to copy their stunning silk style.

5. This 6-foot faux Fiddle Leaf Fig tree is 15% off and ships free right now thanks to World Market’s Memorial Day sale (use code ‘MEMORIAL15′). I just ordered it for myself because I clearly don’t know how to curb my faux plant obsession.

6. Here’s an oldie but a goodie project to try in case you have trouble keeping greenery alive: DIY paper plants.

7. Not plant-related, but I just wanted to remind you that there’s still time to enter the ​FastTrack Closet Instant Win & Sweepstakes​. Click that link to play the game daily, and you could win a $100 Lowe’s gift card or even the $1,000 Grand Prize!

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 59

Weekend Inspiration: No. 59

Happy Friday! What are your plans for the weekend? I’m currently sitting here in my spotty painting clothes waiting on the first coat of primer to dry in our master bedroom, so I think that’s a pretty big hint as to what I have going on over here.

Suffice to say, we’ve been refreshing a few things in that space the past few days, including new paint, new-to-us mid-century furniture, and also a big rearrange to make the room feel practically brand new again. We’ll probably be finishing things up tomorrow, so keep an eye on Instagram Stories if you’d like to see sneak peeks. In the meantime, keep scrolling for other types of project ideas to inspire your own weekend productivity!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 59

1. This DIY Rainbow Trinket Box project is super cute, and makes for a great gift.

2. Here’s another clever do-it-yourself craft idea for those of you looking to get messy with supplies this Saturday or Sunday.

3. I love the idea of making my own perfume using essential oils. Seems like it would be much more cost-effective, not to mention this recipe via The Merrythought is free of harsh chemicals! Win, win.

4. In case you’re continuing your spring cleaning through the month of May, try this step-by-step guide for cleaning cutting boards.

5. I’ve been on a huge art kick recently, so this post via The Crafted Life instantly caught my eye. How cool is that gallery wall?!

6. Surprise, surprise, but another thing I’ve had on my mind as of late is paint. Details on the color changes going on in our house are coming soon, but for now, here’s a look at one extra bold color I’m considering. Why not take the opportunity this weekend to try a new paint color in your own space?

Weekend Inspiration: No. 59

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 58

Weekend Inspiration: No. 58

First of all, can we just celebrate the fact that our fiddle leaf fig tree (the one you see pictured there in the corner above) is more than twice as tall as that now!? Apparently this house and its wealth of natural light was just what the plant doctor ordered for our little tree.

I can’t believe I bought it for less than 50 bucks over five years ago from IKEA! It’s one of the best houseplants we have, and apparently just needed a regular watering schedule and to not be touched once we put it in place. We set the tree right there in the corner when we moved into the house in 2015, and that was clearly the magic spot. See this post for an updated peek at its souring height.

Anyway, I’m just as excited as ever that it’s Friday and we’re about to kick off another weekend. I’m hoping to take things a little easier this Saturday and Sunday because I’ve been back and forth to my parents’ house this past week helping them decorate, rearrange, organize, and paint their new spaces. You guys know—maybe better than anybody—that my favorite way to spend any down time is working on home projects, but I could still stand to relax. Keep scrolling for insight into how I plan to do exactly that this weekend.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 58

1. I recently downloaded the Calm app and have loved every minute of the guided daily meditations. It’s a little on the pricier side for an app, but I appreciate the emergency anti-anxiety sessions, and they even have bedtime stories that have helped me get to sleep a lot faster than normal!

2. This is my new favorite outfit for lounging around the house…the perfect buttery leggings, and an oversized pocketed sweatshirt.

3. I may not plan to do any working this weekend, but I will be thinking through a few big projects that I have on my list for later this month. This beautiful at-a-glance monthly planner helps me keep all my big ideas organized until my next burst of energy strikes.

4. Have you read this article in the New York Times all about how climate change is affecting food? It’s the perfect companion read alongside your Saturday or Sunday morning coffee.

5. For those of you who aren’t planning to lay low this weekend, here’s a fun IKEA hack to try! I came across it while browsing Hunker this past week, and couldn’t believe that it started out as a floor pad.

6. Before I sign off for the day, I wanted to encourage you to do this: pause, close your eyes, and take a biiiiiigggggg deep breath. Just that little action alone can do wonders to help center you ahead of the weekend—no matter what you have planned!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 58

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 57

Weekend Inspiration: No. 57

I changed over my closet to spring and summer clothes this week, and it is so refreshing to see all of those bright colors and lightweight fabrics again. Do you separate your seasonal wardrobes? I couldn’t recommend the practice more, especially if you get the urge to shop more than you maybe should, and if your closet is on the small side.

Whenever spring rolls around, I fold up and pack away my heavy sweaters, flannel shirts, and boots, and pull back out my floral tank tops, T-shirts, and sandals. Dresses and pants are swapped out, too, for shorter options, and the whole process is reversed come fall. This process works so well for me because it gives my closet a bit of breathing room since it’s not all packed in at once, and it also curbs my spending habit because I tend to forget what I put away the season before. It’s like Christmas all over again when I pull out my forgotten tops and dresses.

Anyway, I didn’t really mean to go on a little tangent there, but I thought it was a good time to bring this idea up since the hotter weather seems like it’s really here to stay now—at least where we are in Virginia. Keep scrolling for more ideas to try this weekend!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 57

1. Speaking of clothing, I’m such a big fan of the style sessions that Natalie Borton regularly posts on Instagram. Her clever tricks inspire me to rethink my existing clothes so I don’t end up shopping very often at all!

2. Natalie also makes and sells the most gorgeous jewelry. Get 10% off your first order by shopping with this link.

3. All I seem to be hearing about this week is Beyonce’s Homecoming special on Netflix. Have you watched it yet? If so, let me know what you thought about it in the comments below.

4. Have you been following along with my wallpaper saga over on Instagram Stories? I hung this ‘Stacked Cubes’ pattern in a custom teal color in my office on Wednesday (by myself!) and it turned out better than I ever dreamed. I can’t wait to share the full makeover with you later this month.

5. Alert! Alert! Studio McGee posted a new webisode this week, and it’s just as good as you’d imagine. That modern minimalist gallery wall makes me want to try a DIY version over at my parents’ new house. Oh, and there are more art print ideas this way in case you missed it!

6. While on the topic of Mom and Dad’s place, I just couldn’t wait to tell you about the gorgeous striped upholstered stools they picked up for the kitchen. They’re such a good deal! I’ll be sure to report back on them once we’ve had a chance to try the stools out in person next week.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 57

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Art Prints I’m Loving Right Now

Art Prints I'm Loving Right Now

I have had an absolute blast lately over at my parents’ house as they work to design their brand new spaces. Mom and Dad have miraculously already finished the unpacking phase, and, believe it or not, we’ve totally finished an overhaul of their master bedroom, too! The people in my family are nothing if not impatient, so everything has been on hyperdrive.

Since most of the furniture arrangements are settled at this point, we’re now turning our attention to art. There’s a big blank spot over their sofa that Mom and I are focused on right now, so I’ve been hunting down possible options online for the last several days. I couldn’t help but roundup a dozens of my personal favorites, and I’m linking each and every one of the 12 below in case you’re dealing with a blank wall of your own right now.

Art Prints I’m Loving Right Now

1. US 90 to Valentine

2. Botanical I

3. Florida

4. Botanical Series 4

5. Skyline

6. Close

7. Dahlia I

8. Plant Cell 1

9. Curaçao

10. Marche

11. Tulips

12. Format II

Do you have an instant favorite from the list above? If we’re talking options for our house, I’d have to say that #3 Florida (the portrait) is the one I’d choose. As for my parents’ house, I’m leaning toward something like the first or second prints. Something nice and neutral would be just perfect to complement their traditional style furniture.

I know I keep talking about their new house and that you’re probably curious to know (and see!) more, so I’m planning to share the full empty home tour with you next week. I’m also ready to share the walkthrough of their completely made-over master bedroom, and I’m hoping I get the go-ahead to share that sponsored story next week, too. Stay tuned because things are about to get really exciting here on the blog with a whole new house to design!

Art Prints I'm Loving Right Now

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 56

Weekend Inspiration: No. 56

Now that my parents are all moved into their new home, I’m helping my mom decorate every chance I get. That means we’ve been stealing away for hours at a time to wander secondhand shops and antique stores to hunt down old pieces of furniture that we can potentially make over to suit their updated space.

Suffice it to say I’ve got furniture makeovers on my mind, so in honor of the last weekend of April 2019, I thought it might be fun to look back on all my favorite DIY furniture makeover projects from the blog. Who knows…They might just inspire you to get creative these next two days off, too! See the linked list below.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 56

1. This DIY wood slat side table might just be my favorite furniture makeover of all time. It was so inexpensive and easy to do!

2. Another recent furniture project that I still can’t get enough of is this teardrop-accented dresser. I’m considering a repeat of the design on a smaller nightstand that we already have.

3. We can’t get enough of benches in our house. You’ll find them at the ends of beds, sitting pretty against an otherwise empty wall, and my parents are even using one as a makeshift coffee table while they work to find the perfect one for their new home. In case you’ve got a bench of your own that’s in need of a makeover, try this rope-wrapped project on for size.

4. Not all furniture makeover projects are easily handled by yourself, though. Take our vintage leather couch as an example! It needed to be reupholstered badly, so we enlisted professional help to bring our more involved before/after vision to life. See the process of tackling this type of outsourced furniture makeover here.

5. Speaking of reupholstery, I contributed a few thoughts to this article on Domino Magazine’s website all about how to tackle the job when it is possible to do it at home.

6. Sometimes all you really need to breathe new life into an old piece of furniture is a bucket of white paint and some new hardware. See the proof this way!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 56

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Etsy Spotlight: Bea Linen

Etsy Spotlight: Bea Linen

First of all, thank you guys so much for your patience with me this past week while I took a little time away from the office for my parents’ move. Everything went smoothly, aside from the fact that it took four days worth of scheming to figure out how to get their sofa through the back door. As soon as they finish up paperwork, I’m hopeful that I can officially share the full home tour and story with you. Anyway, I’m really grateful that I was able to take the week off to help them and to spend time together as a family, too! It feels really good to finally have them here in town.

In honor of my first day back in the office post-spring-break, I wanted to shift the spotlight over to another new favorite Etsy shop: Bea Linen. I’m a total convert to linen bedding, and have it in both bedrooms of our house. I love the feel of this type of fabric so much that I’ve invested in multiple options for each bed, that way I can change up the look of our bedrooms in the span of 30 minutes for $0—now that’s my kind of makeover.

That said, I recently came across Bea Linen on Etsy, and suddenly want to grab a third set for our master bedroom and guest room. The prices are very reasonable, and I love the natural, earthy color palette throughout their shop. Scroll on for a few favorites that I have my eye on right now.

Favorites From Bea Linen

1. Linen Duvet Cover

2. Stone Washed Dust Ruffle Bed Skirt

3. Waffle Hand Kitchen Guest Towel

4. Linen Pillowcase

5. Linen Tablecloth

6. Organic Eco Flax Table Runner

7. Striped Linen Pillow Sham

8. Seamless 4pc Linen Sheets

Now having seen the options from Bea Linen, I feel like linen bedding from those trendy boutique California brands we’re all familiar with is so overpriced. Don’t get me wrong, I love the linens that we already own from those brands, but now having found this Etsy shop, I wonder what we’re actually paying for when we shop at those higher end boutiques. The next time I need to replace or add to our linen collection, it’s pretty safe to say that I know where I’ll be shopping. What about you?

Etsy Spotlight: Bea Linen

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